Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bison Fire Welcomes Marty Olsen

We are pleased to welcome Marty Olsen to our Fire Alarm Contract Sales Division. This has been a growing division for us and Marty is a very welcome addition. I have to give Marty credit because while he has been in the Fire Alarm Industry for 14 years this is his first time in a sales role. It takes a lot of courage to make a career change even when it’s within the same industry. While Marty has dabbled in sales in the past he is now dedicated to that role, and the technical experience he gained working as a technician, then as a service manager will serve him well in the next phase of his career. The evidence of that being the orders he has already received after only 2 weeks in his new position.

There are many areas that we cover here at Bison Fire with Fire Alarms only being one of them, but a very important one. Marty will also be spending time supporting other related industries spending time educating The Engineering Community, Insurance Industries, and AHJ’s (Authorities Having Jurisdiction) on fire codes, best practices, industry changes, and of course the benefits of Siemens Fire Alarm systems. I expect that Marty will be a busy guy, and as an industry expert his contributions will be well received, making every building he works in safer for those within.

If you have any Fire Alarm questions Marty can be contacted at 204 237 3473 or click on his name for email.

Bringing expertise to your door!

Marty Olsen Bison Fire's Contract Sales Person

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Protecting Northern Manitoba

With so many things happening in the Southern part of our province we sometimes overlook the great work that gets done every day in Northern Manitoba through our Thompson branch office. Darren Garand and his team have been very successfully protecting people’s lives, businesses, and properties for a number of years and their ability to deliver professional fire protection is equal to any place in Canada!

Darren’s team of professionals have steadily grown. He has taken advantage of the high caliber of students coming from UNC (University College of the North) and used them to enhance his fire alarm division. He has developed a solid sprinkler division, and regularly calls upon the team of experts he has available to him from all of our other locations.

Recently he had received a call from the local KFC needing an upgrade to their wet chemical kitchen suppression system. After consulting with them it was determined a completely new system was required to protect the high pressure deep fryers used to cook chicken. Darren used the Ansul R-102 system because of the ULC listings they have to correctly protect these fryers. Ansul is currently the only manufacturer to have this listing and with liability insurance being a large part of both the fire protection, and restaurant operations it truly was the only choice. The pictures below demonstrate the high quality workmanship they are doing in Thompson something Darren and his team take a lot of pride in.

Every service we offer in all of our branches are available in Thompson something that the community had to wait an eight hour drive and at the mercy of road conditions prior to our coming into the community in 2006 when only extinguisher sales and service were offered locally. Many people in the Southern part of our province forget how important Northern Manitoba truly is to our economy. Imagine if you can what our province might look like without the benefits that Manitoba Hydro, mining operations, tourism, and the variety of other climate driven industries bring us every year. We would be a much poorer province in many ways least of all financially.

Bringing expertise to your door!

Ansul R-102 Suppression System done By Bison Fire Thompson BranchAnsul R-102 Looking inside the box Bison Fire ProtectionBison Fire Protecting Fryers with Ansul R-102Bison Fire Protecting a Bank of Pressure Fryers with Ansul R-102

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Students Are Our Future

I had the opportunity to speak to a room of Red River College students today. Once again I found it refreshing to see the interest and excitement on their faces as they considered their career choices after completing their education. With so many options and so many high quality companies in Winnipeg ahead of them it was a privilege to share with them the benefits of a career in Fire Protection. An industry that prior to my presentation 95% hadn’t even heard of.

The Fire Protection Industry is a very small when you compare it to many other jobs, or careers available, but its great business to be in. I spoke of the challenges we face every day, the sustainability of the industry, the variety of places you are allowed into every day. Imagine working in the top level of the Assiniboine Park Pavilion one day, working underground in a mine another, or even traveling to Nunavut. The job is a tourism adventure for the right type of person.

When the students also consider the service they would be providing for people on a daily basis there is a very large amount of job satisfaction and personal pride to be taken from the job. How would you feel if a building you had just serviced had a fire, yet because the systems you worked on that day evacuated every one safely, and extinguished the fire before the fire department arrived saving Firefighters from a dangerous situation, and minimized lost production time to a business? I know how it makes me feel.

Red River College and the other great post-secondary schools we have here in Manitoba are doing a fantastic job with today’s students. I have spoken to quite a few in and out of their classrooms, and interviewed many others. I’m impressed each time, and as long as this continues I know our future is in good hands.

If you can make it burn, we can put it out!

Rob Read talking Fire Protection at Red River CollegeRob Read discussing Fire Protection at Red River College

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